Youth Day


10 Years of Building the Trades Together!

Over 150 people came together at this annual event of discussing the trades, learning best practices, and relating experiences of students, employers and educators. Key note speakers from Road to Employment shared the experiences of youth across Canada in transition from school to work. They then provided some key programs and practices that help youth ease into this transition more successfully.

The Maker Movement inspired educators to take the Maker Philosophy into their schools and apply it across subjects; demonstrating how the arts and trades can work together.  Showcasing creative spaces, project based learning and community involvement, the speakers showed educators applications and sample projects to try at their schools while providing more information on the philosophy and thinking behind this movement.

Representatives of industry shared overviews of their industry and their present and future labour market needs, in a round tables session. A discussion of career paths, employment needs, changes in technology or social trends effecting industry and the best way to prepare youth, was led by ITA Managers of Industry Relations or Apprenticeship Advisors.  Both employers and educators looked for ways to work together and discuss their needs.

Educators then gathered into Fireside Chat sessions in which they shared ‘hot topics’ of importance to them.  They discussed and generated ideas, solutions, and practices currently working well for their district, and then shared the results with the larger group. 

Industry Round Tables

Please contact if you wish to connect with the employers as below.

Tourism Amy Hamdorff, Recruiting Manager
Josh Campanaro, Regional Chef
Jeff Murray, Regional Chef
Joeys Restaurant Group
Construction Erika Pollmuller, Project Coordinator
Jim Dent Construction
Dimitri Margaritis, Superintendent
Fourth-Rite Construction
Auto Jason Leber, Training Specialist
Diane Evans, Manager of Industry Relations
Manufacturing Meghan Delmage, Human Resources Manager 
Tycrop Manufacturing Ltd. 
Udo Jahn, General Manager Modern Engineering Ltd.
Auto Ken McCormack, President & CEO
Automotive Retailers Association
Rob Lang, Owner
Richmond Motorworks LTD
Marine Dee Rakhra, HR Generalist
Seaspan ULC
Ben Gartside, Owner and CEO
Gartside Marine
William Clewes, Director, Operations
Seaspan ULC

Fireside Chats  

Not presentations but to recap the discussion please connect with your school district leaders as listed here, contact, if you need an email please.
  • Ensuring a Good Future for Shop Class - Randy Grey
  • Engaging Students to ACE IT and SSA - Roxanne Boyko
  • Building Awareness of the Trades K-7 - Mark Marino
  • Transitioning ACE IT’s to SSA - Murray McConnachie
  • Creative Solutions for Hairdressing Hours - Terri Lockhart
  • Strategies to ensure ACE IT students with learning needs succeed - Doug MacLean